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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why is Jo's evidence deemed to be inadmissable?
2. Mr. Skimpole is ___________.
3. It becomes obvious to Jo that Lady Dedlock ___________.
4. What has become of the inheritance which is the issue of the Jarndyce lawsuit?
5. What des Mrs. Snagsby suspect about Jo?
Short Essay Questions
1. With all of his physical and mental deficiencies, why would Grandfather Smallweed make the trip to George's shooting gallery?
2. What makes Lady Dedlock's past such a dreaded secret? Why do they go to such lengths to hide it and why is it threatening to have it revealed by Tulkinghorn?
3. Dickens brings poverty and wealth together to create intrigue in the story's plot. What is young Jo's involvement in the plot and why is he important?
4. What is the point of Esther, Ada, and Richard spending a night at the Jellybys'? What does Dickens accomplish with this break in their journey toward Bleak House?
5. What foreshadows a relationship between Woodcourt and Esther in this chapter?
6. Discuss Krook's Rag and Bottle Shop? Is he a good businessman? Is there anything symbolic about the shop?
7. What is the reader's impression of detective Bucket? How does Dickens accomplish his portrayal of Bucket?
8. Describe Mrs. Jellyby's compassion for humanity. Is she a rational person?
9. Charity and philanthropy seem to be addressed frequently in the story. Mrs. Pardiggle and Mrs. Jellyby have something in common in their efforts to help others. What is it?
10. Mr. Turveydrop, the elder, is a most unusual person. What exactly is his mental condition? Is he a healthy person? Is Dickens being facetious?
Essay Topic 1
Apparently, during Dickens' lifetime, women were still not considered equal to men. Using Bleak House as your basis of research, explore the status of women in the 1800s in England. What clues does this story provide (perhaps unintentionally) about how women were seen and treated?
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 48 of Bleak House, Dickens refers to "upstart gas" that has begun to light the streets of London. Research the use of gas for public lighting and the replacement of whale oil. When did the change take place, and why? How did the two qualities of lighting compare. Was it truly a progressive change?
Essay Topic 3
Dickens' writing style in Bleak House often resembles or illustrates his subject matter. Discuss this idea, and if you agree that this is the author's intent, provide examples.. Does this literary device help to drive home Dickens' points? Is there a name for this method? Give examples and quotes that illustrate how Dickens' writing mimics his subject matter.
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